We are very excited to introduce you to Ellora Sutton, our new Creative in Residence.
Hampshire poet, Ellora Sutton, is the first, of what is hoped to be a series of creative residents where a wide range of different and exciting artists, poets, musicians, and other creatives are invited to explore the Museum’s collections and stories and create something new!
The work produced by these residencies will allow the Museum to share our collections and stories with more people in new and exciting ways.
We are very excited that Ellora has taken the mantle as our first ever Creative in Residence. Ellora's work has been widely published in anthologies and journals, including The Poetry Review, Poetry News, Interpreter’s House, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal and Under the Radar. She has been shortlisted and longlisted in various competitions, such as the National Poetry Competition and the Winchester Poetry Prize, and was the winner of the 2020 Mslexia Poetry Competition and the inaugural Artlyst Art to Poetry Award. She is the poetry reviewer for Mslexia, and has previously been a young poet in residence at Jane Austen’s House.
When talking about her poetry and processes Ellora says 'The three big influences on my poetry are nature, art, and history – whenever I get writer’s block I go for a walk on Kingsley common, or head to the nearest gallery or museum. I tend to let my interests and intrigues guide me, to lean into my preoccupations and follow what excites me. I’ll often start with (what I think is) an interesting fact or image, and build my poem around that. I love writing poems that require a little bit of research. I think it’s really important to have fun when you’re writing. I’m not sure that I necessarily write ‘fun’ poems, but the act of writing always feels a bit like playtime! I always want to be surprised by what I’m writing, either linguistically or thematically or formally. Some of my big influences include Keats, Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, Liz Berry, Ocean Vuong, and Andrew McMillan, as well as artists like Tracey Emin and Evelyn De Morgan.
Keep an eye on our website and social media to find out what Ellora has been up to and discover what she creates!